Melbourne Fringe Festival 2019 heralds an electrifying new chapter as the Festival takes over the historic Trades Hall as its civic heart and invites Melbourne’s most exciting independent artists and art-loving citizens to unite in the search for truth.

With the full program launching on Friday 9 August, Melbourne Fringe ignites the city with major hubs across Melbourne, including the Butterfly Club, Wonderland Spiegeltent in Fed Square, Melba Spiegeltent in Collingwood and Gasworks Arts Park in Albert Park – each delivering a packed program of events.

Last year’s Melbourne Festival broke records with over 350,000 people attending 448 events – including 255 world premieres – in 152 venues across greater Melbourne. A particular focus on access and diversity saw 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander artists, 775 LGBTIQ+ artists and 198 artists identifying as Deaf or with a disability present work as part of the Festival.

Melbourne Fringe was established in 1982 as an annual open access festival that champions cultural democracy and supports anyone to participate in the arts. Fringe programs include the annual design exhibition Fringe Furniture, participatory public art commissions, children’s programs as well as its First Nations program Deadly Fringe, disability and Deaf arts programs, mentorships, workshops, residencies, forums, awards and touring support.

September 12 – 29